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Singapore admits under-reporting of drug arrests

23 September 2011

Last year, when Harm Reduction International criticised Singapore's use of the mandatory death penalty in a piece for The Guardian, the government responded that its draconian drug laws have had a deterrent effect. To bolster this shaky argument, Singapore's high commissioner to the court of St. James's argued that a declining number of… Read more

New Report: Foreign Drug Offenders Facing Death in China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Kuwait

14 September 2011

Embargoed until 00.01am GMT +1, Thursday, September 15, 2011 Thursday, September 15, 2011 (London, UK) – A survey of countries that enforce the death penalty for drug offences reveals that in… Read more

UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women issues recommendations in relation to Women, HIV/AIDS prevention and Prisons

04 August 2011

On 29 July, UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued its concluding observations on Italy’s sixth periodic review. The Committee recommended the Italian government undertake measures to provide ‘sensitive health services and preventive health care for women affected by HIV/AIDS in prisons’. In… Read more

Government of Cambodia rejects UN child rights monitors' concerns over drug detention and abuse. UNICEF no comment.

29 June 2011

The Government of Cambodia has rejected the concerns of UN child rights monitors about arbitrary detention and child abuse related to drug detention centres in the country. The Un Committee on the Rights of the Child just days ago called for the immediate release of all children arbitrarily detained in the name of drug treatment or rehabilitation… Read more

UN child rights monitors demand release of children from Cambodian drug detention centres and investigation of abuses

28 June 2011

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for eh immediate release of all children arbitrarily detained in Cambodia in drug detention centres and the prompt investigation of all allegations of abuse. Read more

Press release: Torture in Drug Treatment Detention

24 June 2011

Reports by Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care Describe Abuse (New York) - People identified as drug users in many countries are confined to abusive locked detention centers for months - or even years, say two reports released today by The Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care. Such detention centers are supposedly mandated to treat and… Read more

Russia's gross distortions of the truth about methadone at the UN (again) facilitated by the UN (again)

24 June 2011

Yesterday saw the launch of the world drug report at UN headquarters in New York. The world drug report is the UN’s flagship statistical analysis of the ‘world drug problem’. Many were more than disheartened to see the Russian drug tsar, Viktor Ivanov again being given such high prominence by the UN given the country’s disastrous and neglectful… Read more

MEDIA RELEASE: Irish Press Ombudsman upholds complaint by coalition of drug services

13 June 2011

Media Release: Irish Independent censured for ‘offensive’ column likely to 'stir hatred' against drug users: Press Ombudsman upholds complaint by coalition of drug services The Press… Read more

2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS is available

09 June 2011

Final (unofficial) text of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. Read more

Presentation: Is drug law enforcement proportionate?

06 June 2011

Harm Reduction International's Damon Barrett asking whether drug law enforcement would pass a test of proportionality in human rights law. Read more

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